from Taiwan asks:
Why is it funny? What does the last sentence mean?
'Taking his seat in his chambers, the judge faced the opposing lawyers.
"So," he said, "I have been presented, by both of you, with a bribe."
Both lawyers squirmed uncomfortably. "You, attorney Leon, gave me
$15,000. And you, attorney Campos, gave me $10,000." The judge reached
into his pocket and pulled out a check. He handed it to Leon.
then, I'm returning $5,000, and we're going to decide this case
solely on its merits."'